Saturday, February 22, 2014

We made homemade pretzels!

Hi world...
{oops, I haven't blogged in a million years.}

It's the weekend and I'm happy and we made homemade pretzels last night!  We were in the mood for a snack, but wanted something different than the usual chips/salsa or bread/hummus combos.  So Brett came up with the idea of making homemade soft pretzels.  It was seriously way easier than I thought it would be!  We used this recipe and they turned out awesome.  Brett even whipped up some homemade beer cheese using some of his homebrew.  I mean, come on!  It tasted heavenly.  Here's the recipe written out:


30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels
Yields: 8-10 Pretzels (FYI - we cut the recipe in half and made 6 smaller pretzels)

1 1/2 cups luke warm water
1 packet of highly active yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups all purpose flour
1 large egg
course sea salt (we didn't have course salt, so we just used fine salt - same taste!)

-  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-  In a large bowl, pour in the warm water and yeast, stir with a spoon until the yeast is dissolved, about 1 minute. Add in the salt and sugar and stir until incorporated.
-  Slowly add in the flour about 1 cup at a time, mix with a wooden spoon until it gets sticky, continue to add in all your flour and at this point is when I started to use my hands to finish mixing the dough. The dough should no longer be sticky.
-  Knead the dough for about 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface, once kneaded, shape into a ball, with a knife or your hands separate the dough into about 1/3 cup sections, or use smaller or bigger sections depending on how large you want your pretzels.
-  Roll the dough into a long rope about 20 inches long and form the pretzel shape and place on your parchment paper.
-  In a shallow bowl beat your egg and dip the pretzel (both sides) into the egg wash and place back onto your parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt.
-  Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, and turn the oven to broil for the last 3-4 minutes until the tops of the pretzel are golden brown, be careful to keep an eye on the pretzels once you switch it to broil because it might take only a couple of minutes for your pretzels to brown depending on your oven.


Simple as that - try it and let me know how it goes!
Happy weekend!*